Every year, most of us look forward to summer in the sun – vacation at the beach or lake, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. With summer temperatures on the rise, here are a few helpful tips to keep you healthy and safe in the sun.
Take Care of Your Skin. Hot weather can take its toll on your skin. Hydrating your skin is very crucial. Drink lots of water. If not water, sip on lemonade or fresh fruit juices. Replenish your skin with moisture – by eating plenty of the fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables that are in season. Apply a sweat-proof sunscreen lotion with SPF above 30 plus.
Protect Your Eyes. Jeeper’s creepers – you need to protect your peepers! From the sun’s harsh rays to chemicals in the pool to airborne allergens, dirt, and debris, your eyes need protection during the summer. When outside, wear sunglasses with that protect against ultraviolet rays. Wear a visor cap or hat with a wide brim. Carry an umbrella.
Hydrate your body. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. Water is the best choice. It doesn't contain any sugars that can add up to unnecessary calories. For a change, add a slice of lemon or lime. Or, how about sliced cucumbers “marinated” in ice water? Drink fluids even if you are not thirsty. Once you have the feeling of being thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Stay refreshed.
Food Safety. Foodborne illnesses can become a problem in warmer weather if you’re not careful. Keep foods safe during cookouts and camping trips by handling, preparing, and cooking it properly. Keep meat and poultry cold or refrigerated until ready to use. Keep utensils clean and wash your hands before and after handling food!
When using a cooler, keep it out of the direct sun. Pack beverages in one cooler and perishables in another. Avoid opening the lid too often.
Extreme Heat. The elderly, small children and people with chronic health conditions are more vulnerable to the heat. During extreme heat, stay out of the direct sun. Seek shaded or air conditioned areas such as libraries or malls. Whenever possible, schedule outdoor activities early in the morning when the air quality is better and when it’s cooler. If you must be outside in the heat, wear light-colored, light-weight, loose-fitting clothing. Keep water handy. Drink plenty of fluids, avoiding drinks with alcohol and caffeine. Wear a hat with a brim and use plenty of sunscreen.
No doubt your summer will be spent outside enjoying fun summer activities. As temperatures rise, be smart. Stay healthy and cool. And most of all – practice safety first!